Energy Update - 08/30/2021  (Plain Text Version)

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In this issue:
•  Reducing Impact with Electric Vehicles?
Editor's Note
•  2023 Moving Towards 2022?
Weather
•  Washington, D.C. Area Cooling/Heating Degree Days

 

Reducing Impact with Electric Vehicles?

Electric cars, as their name implies, operate on electricity than on gasoline. This as a result, leads to no burning fuel or smog emissions. However, how is that electricity produced? Every time you plug in your electric car, fossil fuels are burned to charge it. The difference is, rather than coming straight from your car, the emissions come from a power plant far away, making them easier to ignore.

The question is, which creates more greenhouse gas emissions: gasoline or electricity? Studies have shown that even if you live in an area where electricity is produced by burning fossil fuels, emissions for an electric car over its lifetime are still around 30% lower than they are for a gas-powered car. In areas that rely more heavily on renewable energy, they can be up to 70% lower. The only place where electric car emissions aren’t lower are in areas that rely heavily on coal.

Regardless of your vehicle type, simply decreasing the amount you drive will push us towards to a cleaner and brighter future.

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Source: https://www.bbc.com/news/science-environment-51977625